Top seeds and favorites Serena Williams of the United States and Maria Sharapova of Russia netted separate victories in their second round matches at the 2016 Australian Open.
Williams, who is the current World No. 1 and top seed in the first Grand Slam tournament of the year, defeated Su-Wei Hsieh of Chinese Taipei in straight sets, 6-1 6-2. Sharapova also had an easy time and straight sets win beating Aliaksandra Sasnovich of Belarus with a similar score line, 6-2 6-1.
Both Williams and Sharapova did not give their respective opponents a chance to pull off upsets especially as other top seeds, both in the women’s and men’s singles competition, have already bowed out after the first round of the majors in Melbourne, Australia.
Already out in the tournament this early is Rafael Nadal, who fell to compatriot Fernando Verdasco in five sets on Tuesday. Simona Halep, the second seed and Venus Williams, the eighth seed, were also eliminated in the first round after losing in Day 2 matches.
Both Williams and Sharapova dominated their respective opponents in their second round matches. Williams had 26 winners to her opponent’s 9 while Sharapova had 22 winner to her rival’s 6.
“I don’t think I made that many errors today. Something I was hopefully trying to get back into. And I moved much better today, I think, so slowly but surely feeling a little bit better,” Williams said via the tournament’s official website about her performance in the second round.
In the next round, Williams will face Sharapova’s compatriot Daria Kasatkina, who beat Ana Konjuh of Croatia, 6-4 6-3 in her own second round match. Meanwhile, Sharapova will face Williams’ compatriot Lauren Davis, who won via retirement over Magdalena Rybarikova of Slovakia, in the third round.
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